Diabetes

Early last year, after a health scare, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t want it to be true but, alas, it was.

I have had my ups and downs with this diagnosis. Some months I win, some months it kicks me in the rear.

There’s a tendency for us, as human beings, to act as if ignoring a thing will make it go away.

It won’t.

We have to face these things head on. It’s the only way to go if we want to give our health a fighting chance.

For the next few months, my focus will be on health and wellness. I’m learning that wellness is more holistic than I’ve believed. I’m learning that your physical, mental, and emotional health really do go hand in hand.

My goal is simple. To get to a point where I can manage Type 2 diabetes without medication. To do this, I’ve got to continue losing weight, exercise consistently, reduce stress, & hold myself accountable to a low carb, mostly plant- based diet.

As a busy young professional and entrepreneur, this can be challenging. I’m constantly on the go and typically exhausted at the end of the day. If I am to live a life that is not plagued by complications from diabetes, however, I’ve got to make sure I’m being a good steward over my body.

Tonight was my starting point for this round. I had chicken, rice, and lots of vegetables for dinner with water to drink. I’ll have the same for lunch at work tomorrow. Breakfast, as of late, has been coffee and junk food. I plan to get up in time to eat a more nutritious meal than that before work. I’ve also been drinking sodas lately which is terrible for me, so I’ll be drinking water, unsweetened tea, and black coffee only starting tomorrow.

I’m sharing this here because I want my journey to help others. If you’re working to combat Type 2 diabetes, feel free to comment with things that have helped you so far.

I will beat this.

****Disclaimer****Any information shared here regarding my journey with diabetes management is not intended to treat, diagnose, or claim to cure any disease. I am merely sharing my experience .****

Hunger

Having a go-getter mentality is absolutely necessary if you want to achieve greatness. You have to be committed, with every fiber of your being, to success.

You can’t be married to excuses and successful at the same time. That’s not how it work y’all.

January is almost gone. If you haven’t moved forward with your 2020 goals, do it.

Divorce every excuse.

Get out of your own way.

Go get it.

Change…

Over the last few years there has been a LOT of change in my life. I’ve moved across the country, married the love of my life, walked with my love through a cancer battle, changed jobs/ careers….. and much more.

Lately I’ve been feeling exhausted. Anxiety and depression have been trying to have their way with me. I’ve been fighting the urge to just settle into a dead end job and stop trying so hard. I was having a really low moment today and so I took a cleansing salt bath and reflected on why I chose this path in the 1st place. It took a few minutes but I found my why again and took the time to look at how far I’ve come on this journey. I looked at the lesson in every experience and concluded that the journey so far has been worth it.

I am the man that I am today because I decided a long time ago not to live a scared lie anymore. Sure, I lost people and community that I’d spent years building. I’ve had a good bit of money and I’ve been broke to the point of homelessness and hunger. I’ve cried myself to sleep many nights and there was a time when the only comfort I could find was in a bottle because I had bought into a theology which said that God rejected me for living honestly. This pain is not pain that I would wish on anyone. I cannot pretend that it has not hurt because it has BUT I get to choose what I do with the pain. I get to choose to push past the pain so that others won’t have to endure what I have. I choose to use the pain as fuel for my purpose.

I choose life.

I choose love.

I choose me.

Remembering

I haven’t taken time to sketch since 6th grade .

I decided to change that.

I get to have an artistic outlet.

I’m sure it will evolve as time goes on and I spend time actively learning different techniques.

I’ll be thanking my therapist for advising me to just invest in ME.

I love to create.

It feels like home.